There have been three muscial productions of Cinderella that have aired in primetime. The first was in 1957 and starred Julie Andrews (with Kay Ballard and Alice Ghostley as her stepsisters). Forty years later singer Brandy played Cinderella with Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother (Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber also had roles). And in between those two, in 1965, was a production starring 18-year old Lesley Ann Warren. Celeste Holm was her fairy godmother; Ginger Rogers was the Queen and Pat Carrol was one of her evil stepsisters. Its 42.2 household rating made it the highest rated TV telecast of 1965.
Probably many boys between the ages of 4-14, who would later blossom into full-fledged homos, gave this telecast their undivided attention. I know I did. I was 7 at the time.
There was so much about this production to captivate, e.g., Cinderella's bitchy stepmother and stepsisters; Cinderella's coach and gown; her fairy godmother; wonderful musical numbers (e.g., Possible; In My Own Little Corner) - and, of course, the prince! He was played by 28-year-old Stuart Damon, who was a cross between Rock Hudson and Max Baer (Jethro from The Beverly Hillbillies). Damon later rose to fame for his 30-year role as Doctor Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital.
And despite watching it in black and white (we didn't get a color TV until 1968) it was still an enchanting experience! And now, 48 years later, this production of Cinderella has come to Broadway.